IPSWICH, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — It turns out therapy can come in all shapes and sizes— one non-profit organization is looking to use the healing power of human-equine relationships to promote senses of "trust, empathy, confidence, self-esteem, self-awareness, and pleasure."
WBZ's Brooke McCarthy was in Ipswich to see the mini horses from Minis With A Mission, Inc. in action.
Co-founders Laurie Lowe and Marianne Hartmann say the mini horses and donkeys are all trained rescues that do joyful and healing visits as well as educational sessions where they teach you how to walk the course.
"They've come from bad situations; I think that just makes them more lovable. Our minis provide an opportunity for people of all ages to have an experience with the equine," Lowe said
The nonprofit's clients tend to walk away feeling refreshed and relaxed after walking through with a furry companion.
"They interact with the minis and they're smiling and happy," Hartmann said.
MWAM also accepts donations and has a volunteer program that bring people to the farm to learn how to safely take care of and handle the animals.
WBZ's Brooke McCarthy (@BrookeWBZ) reports.